1984:. CONTROL. BY: SHAUMITHRI, NEILA, RENA. 1984: CONTROL.
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BY: SHAUMITHRI, NEILA, RENA
“In general you could not assume that you were much safer in the country than in London. There were no telescreens of course, but there was always the danger of concealed microphones by which your voice might be picked up and recognized; besides, it was not easy to make a journey by yourself without attracting attention.”
By this point it is obvious that Winston is against the party and Big Brother. So the fact that even he is slightly paranoid of the microphones, shows exactly how strong The Party’s control over the public is.
The Party knows that strength lies in numbers. This is why they use such intense methods of control. It makes the citizens suspicious of each other, making the Party their only ally by default. This ensures that the people of Oceania will never form a strong personal tie to anyone else.
“I’ve been to school too, dear. Sex talks once a month for the over-sixteen’s. And in the Youth Movement. They rub it into you for years. I dare say it works in a lot of cases.”
The act of sexuality is so strongly restricted because it creates an environment outside of the party’s control, which is why the party seeks to destroy it.
They condition the minds of their members to believe absurd principles while they are still young and impressionable. This way, as they grow up, the principles of the party are the only ones they will know. By enforcing this in educational institutions, the party convinces the youth of Oceania that disobeying these orders is automatically an act of disloyalty to Big Brother.
“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs on one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”
The party is controlling society’s mind by making them believe certain facts and what they shouldn’t be thinking. Newspeak was a way for controlling their thoughts through language and doublethink was the way of controlling their thoughts.
Even though Winston works in the Ministry of Truth, changing histories goes against his personal believes.
“Stand out in the middle of the room. Stand back to back. Clasp your hands behind your heads. Do not touch one another.”-Telescreen
A telescreen is to get into peoples head and control them and it also monitors everyone’s action and speech. Telescreens are controlling every aspect of someone’s life everyday; their minds, actions, speech, every movement and sound is heard. Telescreens are everywhere in the society of Oceania except the proles’ area where there is no telescreens and they are not controlled by the party.
In a moment when the telescreen tells Winston and Julia not to move they could do noting except to stand gazing into one another’s eyes. Even the thought of running for their lives and to get out of the house it was too late no such thought occurred to them. It’s unthinkable to disobey the iron voice from the wall because they were in shock how the telescreen was in the room that the proles inhabited. The entire time they’ve talked so many things against the party and the party members and how they don’t believe in BIG BROTHER anymore. Mr.Charringtons shop was the only place Winston and Julia thought they weren’t being controlled and being looked after.